Join us for a free, members-only tour of Elmhurst on May 16th!
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A Message to our Friends and Members

At HFFI’s annual meeting in March, the Board of Directors presented a rather somber report on the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation’s financial situation. We have since informed the general membership via standard mail of our situation. Now, with the recent news of the Fredericksburg Area Museum’s suspension of operations, we think our message is even more necessary: financially we are not in good health and we need your help.
In short, we are deeply concerned with the state of preservation in Fredericksburg and the sharing of our region’s history, as well as maintaining the business side of these endeavors. Let us assure you that we continue to operate. We are advocating preservation issues in the City, offering preservation workshops and the Marker program, and already organizing this year’s Route 1 and Christmas Candlelight tours. Self-sustaining events and programs will continue. A basic mission—the oversight of our available numerous historic and protective easements—is still in place, managed by trained staff.
The Board is currently discussing our options and will continue to keep you informed, but wanted you, our members and friends to know we will be making further and significant adjustments to our operation.
If you would like to donate to HFFI or become a member, please visit our website

The Community Give—Tuesday, May 5th

Set your alarm clock. Mark your calendar. The Community Give is coming on Tuesday, May 5th!
In 2014, HFFI was extremely successful at this region-wide giving event and are very thankful to everyone that made it possible. Last year, we surpassed our fundraising goals by raising more than $2,000 between individual donations and prize money. We are excited to beat that number in 2015, but we can only do it with your help!
The Community Give is a 24-hour day of giving that takes place all day on Tuesday May 5, 2015, from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59pm. It is a day when everyone is asked to make a donation and show support for the local nonprofit organizations that positively affect our lives every day.
The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. hopes the history that surrounds you each time you drive through a historic neighborhood, our downtown historic district, or perhaps even when you pull into your own driveway, will encourage you to support HFFI and its daily preservation efforts.
Keep an eye on Facebook for more information, or learn more about The Community Give here.
On the May 5th—click here to donate to the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

Members Only Elmhurst Spring Home Tour

Clear your calendar on May 16th, because we have some great tours lined up for you!
First, the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. would like to invite current HFFI members to a free tour of Elmhurst, the Italianate manor at the corner of Fall Hill and Bunker Hill. (New memberships are available! - see below)
Current members will have the opportunity to explore every floor and every room of the house, led by knowledgeable tour guides who will provide in-depth historical and architectural analysis. After the tour, please join us in the garden for tea and refreshments.

Although the event is free to members, reservations are required so we can set up a timed entry system. No waiting in line! Tours will start every 15 minutes between 1:00 and 4:00. Please call the HFFI office at 540-371-4504 to reserve your spot. Children are not permitted, but photography is!
We are offering a special membership deal for the month of May. Family memberships (up to 4 family members) are $30, individual memberships cost $20, and senior (62+) memberships are $15. All memberships come with the Elmhurst tour and a Journal of Fredericksburg History as well as other benefits.

For more info - click here.
Hope to see you there!

James Monroe’s Fredericksburg Tour

Second on your agenda for May 16th is an opportunity to explore Fredericksburg as James Monroe knew it. The tour starts at 301 Caroline Street, the home where the Monroe family lived, with stops at Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4 and St. George’s Episcopal Church, ending with a reception at the James Monroe Museum. This program is co-sponsored by the James Monroe Museum and the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.
Tour starts at 1 p.m., 301 Caroline Street. $25/person ($15/Friends of JMM or Members of HFFI). Advance registration is required at 540-654-1043 or
For more information visit the James Monroe Museum website.

Upcoming HFFI Events

HFFI Spring Tour of Elmhurst
Saturday, May 16
1:00- 4:00 p.m.

2010 Fall Hill Avenue

This wonderful opportunity to see a National Register historic home is only open to members, so if you aren't a member yet - it's time to join! Reservations are required for a timed entry system. See article or flyer for more info.
Historic Downtown Pub Tour
Saturday, June 13

Downtown Fredericksburg

An encore of the 2014 tour will show patrons the current and bygone taverns and eateries of the Caroline Street area.

Stay tuned to find out when tickets will go on sale!

Grub in the 'Burg
Sunday, July 12
2:00 p.m.

Library Headquarters
1201 Caroline Street

Local historian Barbra Anderson will present a pictorial history of Fredericksburg's restaurants and eateries. This event is free and open to the public.
Vintage Route 1 Event
Saturday, September 12

General Washington Executive Center
2217 Princess Anne Street

HFFI's celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th-century history returns with new stories, a new tour, and a new location!
William Street Historic Pub Tour
Saturday, October 3

Downtown Fredericksburg

This brand new tour will focus on Fredericksburg's "Restaurant Row" and it interesting history.
Memorials Commission

Is there an individual who has stood out in the community and you feel should be included in the Fredericksburg City Wall of Honor?

Someone that is deceased who, during his or her lifetime, was a resident of the Fredericksburg area and made significant contributions to the welfare of the City? If so, the Memorials Advisory Commission wants to hear from you.
Each year, the Commission recommends the names of not more than five persons to the City Council, which makes the final decision on all nominations. To be considered by the Commission and City Council, nominees and persons nominating must meet the criteria listed on the city’s website.
HFFI receives Community Foundation Grant

HFFI is proud to announce it has recently received a grant from the Virginia Heritage Fund Grant of The Community Foundation in support of its Photo and Document Archive Digital Database Project. Volunteer grant writer Emily Taggart Schricker submitted the grant application in February, and the good news was delivered in early April!
The funds will be used to purchase a new laptop computer, basic software, a scanner, and a variety of archival sleeves for photos and slides. The HFFI archives are full of unrealized potential and we are very excited to continue our progress on this important work. A dedicated team of workers, including Mary Maki, Fran Larkins, Polly Seifert, and Ruth Ann Pickell, have been scanning images for more than a year and are almost halfway through the collection.
When complete, the entire photo and document archives will be searchable through an online database. This database will be accessible to researchers at the Lewis Store or online access will be available to members of HFFI.
A huge thank you to the Community Foundation and everyone involved for their support and belief in our Digital Archive Database Program. We won’t let you down!
Anyone who is interested in helping to scan, upload, digitize, or assist in our Digital Archive Database Project please contact HFFI at or call 540-371-4504.

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

4/25: James Monroe Birthday Celebration—James Monroe Museum

5/1: First Friday—Downtown Fredericksburg

5/16: "James Monroe's Fredericksburg" Walking Tour—James Monroe Museum

5/23: Building George's House-Stone Masonry Demonstration—Ferry Farm

6/5: First Friday—Downtown Fredericksburg

6/27: Building George's House-Timber Hewing Demonstration—Ferry Farm

6/22-26: History Camp in Fredericksburg—George Washington Foundation & Washington Heritage Museums

6/28: Elizabeth Monroe Birthday Celebration—James Monroe Museum

7/6-7: Major Monroe's History Camp—James Monroe Museum

7/25: Building George's House-Brick Masonry Demonstration—Ferry Farm
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Please support the businesses that support HFFI
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